With a third hit indie film under his belt ("The Good Girl") and a pilot in the middle of production, writer-director Miguel Arteta didn't need another project. So of course he said yes to adding "filmmaking instructor" to his packed schedule -- and powerhouse resume.
"Miguel returned my call immediately from the set," said Donna Michelle Anderson, the director of Movie in a Box, a one-day filmmaking seminar in Beverly Hills. "He wanted to know two things: what was the date and was it affordable for aspiring filmmakers." After hurrying back to work, Arteta called back one more time -- to volunteer his celebrated producing partner, Matthew Greenfield, for the instructor panel. The two will case study their films "Star Maps," "Chuck and Buck" and last year's award-hogging "The Good Girl" (starring Jennifer Aniston), to teach the creative process.
Arteta and Greenfield are the latest -- and hottest -- in the all-star instructor panels featured at Movie in a Box. They'll be joined by film financing guru Donna Smith, the former head of Universal Pictures and CEO of Cinema Completion International, and indie institution Steven Friedlander, Executive VP of Fine Line Features. Upon learning how small the class was (only 50 attendees), Arteta even cleared his schedule to stay for lunch and talk to students.
Meet the filmmaker on May 3, 2003, at Movie in a Box at the Beverly Hills Country Club. Arteta's full bio and more seminar information is available at http://www.movieinabox.com or 818-461-9211.
Donna Michelle Anderson:
Producer Donna Michelle Anderson is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Science and the Producer's Guild of America. In 2002, she founded Movie in a Box.